LeBron James is back in headlines for some controversial comments instead of his spectacular play. The subject of these remarks from James was the New York Knicks, and more specifically rookie point guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina. James recently said following a victory over Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks that it should’ve been the Knicks who selected the point guard 8th overall instead of the Mavs who took him the pick immediately after.
Though some perceived his comments as a shot at Ntilikina, James clarified that they were intended for ex-President Phil Jackson. Before that latest development though, a lot of people in the Knicks organization had a problem with what was said about their rookie floor general. This group included center Enes Kanter who took to Twitter to refute LeBron’s comments.
We love what we got…
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 12, 2017
Though Kanter was just getting his teammate’s back like others such as Kristaps Porzingis also did, LeBron James didn’t take kindly to the Turkish center’s reaction. When James was explaining that his comments were supposed to be a shot at Phil Jackson more than anything else, he also addressed Kanter’s tweet, pointing out that he’s ‘always got something to say’. Following from ESPN’s Rachel Nichols:
LeBron confirms of course he was taking a shot at Phil Jackson when he said the Knicks missed by not drafting Dennis Smith:
"For clarification of people who just live in a box & for Enes Kanter, who always’s got something to say. [shakes head] I don’t know what’s wrong with him."
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 13, 2017
Kanter has never been one to hold his tongue and is known as one of the best teammates in the NBA. It’s obvious to see that Kanter always has his guys’ backs and that’s a trait that has clearly carried over from Utah to Oklahoma City and now in the Big Apple.